(BRANDON HANSEN/Chewelah Independent)
The BBQs are no doubt in full swing around Stevens County but at the newspaper we’re trying to remember some of the Great Americans in our country’s history. The current one we’re talking about is a big one: Benjamin Franklin.
Benjamin Franklin was born in 1706 and would soon become almost a force of nature in the colonies. As an inventor, he made the first lightning rod, biforcals and the Franklin stove. He also founded the Library Company, Philadelphia’s first fire department and the University of Pennsylvania.
He is considered “The First American” for his early adoption of colonial unity, Franklin was a successful newspaper editor and ran a press in Philadelphia. He published the Pennsylvania Gazette at the age of 23 and became wealthy publishing Poor Richard’s Almanack.
Franklin was the deputy post-master general for the 13 colonies in 1753 after spending many years in Philadelphia as the postmaster. During the American Revolution, he was the country’s first postmaster general.
Franklin spearheaded an effort in Great Britain to have the Stamp Act repealed and was widely admired in France and played a major part in developing relations with the country. During the war with Great Britian, he was key in securing France’s support for the colonies.
After the war, he served as governor of Pennsylvania from 1785 to 1788.
Franklin died in 1790 in Philadelphia and has since been celebrated as one of our founding fathers and perhaps our greatest American.